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Russia's Lavrov says US, N.Korea in 'kindergarden fight'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday described the rhetoric between leaders of the United States and North Korea as a "kindergarden fight between children" ...

Protests in Catalonia over crackdown on banned independence vote

Demonstrators hit the streets of Barcelona on Friday for a third day of protests against the Spanish authorities' crackdown on preparations for a banned independence ...

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over ...

Sheeran's 'Shape of You' most streamed ever on Spotify

Ed Sheeran's dance pop track "Shape of You" has become the most played song ever on Spotify, ending the 11-month reign of Drake's "One Dance." ...

Teenager charged over London Underground attack: police

British police said Friday they had charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder following last week's bombing of a London Underground train, which injured 30 ...

Sri Lanka probes 'longest saree' wedding for using kids

A Sri Lankan couple is under investigation for deploying hundreds of school children to carry the train of the bride's saree during a wedding ceremony, ...

'Madman' N. Korea leader to be 'tested like never before': Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday warned "madman" North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he would be "tested," the latest in an exchange of insults ...

Kim's words find rapt audience in Pyongyang

An expectant hush fell on the crowd as the giant screen outside Pyongyang's main train station went black on Friday afternoon. Workers, students in grey ...

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqa

Among the ruins of a street in Syria's Raqa, an anti-jihadist fighter's call echoes from a loudspeaker: "Civilians, we are waiting for you to leave ...

Britain's May asks for transition deal after Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday called for a two-year transition after Brexit in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, ...

Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a 'health disaster': MSF

Bangladesh's refugee camps are on the brink of a "public health disaster," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has warned, saying filthy water and faeces flow through ...

Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark ...

Trump's travel ban could be expanded after Sunday

President Donald Trump's contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America's door will reopen for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. After the ...

Freedom fighter or curse? The man behind the Rohingya insurgency

To his foes, Ata Ullah is a reckless amateur who has brought untold misery to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya after launching an insurgency in ...

Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery

Towering over Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a clutch of abandoned grain silos has been transformed into Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's ...

Mexico extends search for quake survivors

Mexican authorities on Friday extended a search for survivors of this week's devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, with foreign rescue teams helping out ...

House-cleaning, walking to work, staves off death: study

One in 12 global deaths over a five-year period can be prevented through 30 minutes of physical activity -- which can include house-cleaning or walking ...

Kim vows to make Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening N Korea: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Friday mocked Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" -- and warned he will make the US president "pay dearly" for threatening ...

All eyes on May as she prepares to spell out key Brexit demands

European leaders braced on Friday for a speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May that is expected to spell out key positions on Brexit after ...

EU silence on Catalan crisis masks concerns

As Catalonia's independence referendum crisis deepens, EU officials are staying doggedly tight-lipped even as diplomats privately voice serious concern at a situation some regard as ...

Russia clashes with EU over aid to Syria

Russia on Thursday clashed with the European Union over Syria, accusing the bloc of politicizing aid by linking reconstruction funds to a political transition that ...

Trump says US to target firms doing business with N. Korea

US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure ...

Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day

Mexico waited anxiously on Thursday for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake ...

US-backed force clearing last IS fighters from Raqa: monitor

Syrian fighters backed by US special forces were on Thursday clearing the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists from their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor ...

Moon at UN: S. Korea not seeking collapse of N. Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday he did not seek North Korea's collapse, using an address to the United Nations to urge a scaling ...

Turnout down in second French protest against Macron's labour reforms

Protesters demonstrated Thursday against an imminent overhaul of France's labour laws but in far lower numbers than organisers hoped, just days before President Emmanuel Macron's ...

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya: navy

More than 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the coast of western Libya, the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Rescuers found at least ...

Ryanair's O'Leary says could ground more planes

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary on Thursday said he could not rule out axing more flights, but any additional cancellations would not be linked to ...

War of words ratchets up between Kim and Trump

An escalating war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea's leader ...

US-backed force says 'victory near' against IS in Syria's Raqa

Syrian fighters backed by US special forces battled Thursday to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of ...

Philippine lawmakers do rights backflip after outcry

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies have restored the budget of the nation's human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to ...

The spy who came in from the North

Condemned to death twice, former spy Seo Ok-Ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement. Now aged 90, the only thing ...

Philippines' Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the ...

Germany on guard against election hacks, fake news

As the clock ticks down to elections Sunday, Germany's cyber defence nervously hopes it'll be third time lucky after Russia was accused of meddling in ...

An ancient Chinese fishing community washes ashore

Along southern China's snaking rivers, an ancient fishing community that once lived and worked exclusively on the water has been finding its way to land. ...

US and Iran meet as Trump threat looms over nuke deal

Washington and Tehran's top diplomats confronted each other for the first time Wednesday as envoys scrambled to save the Iran nuclear deal from a skeptical ...

N. Korea shrugs off Trump threat as 'dog's bark'

North Korea's foreign minister has brushed aside US President Donald Trump's fiery threat to destroy his nation, comparing it to a "dog's bark" and suggesting ...

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in ...

Day-long separatist protest in Barcelona heads into night

"The time has come. Let's resist peacefully." Thousands responded to the call to protest sent out by Catalan separatists on Wednesday, gathering in front of ...

Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth

British scientists have used genome "editing" technology to reveal the role of a key gene in the early development of human embryos, a potential boost ...

Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her seven-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of ...

Rouhani at UN defends Iran nuclear deal against 'rogue newcomers'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday defended the nuclear deal at the United Nations, saying it was an internationally backed accord that should not be ...

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been ...

Kenya court blames polls commission for botched vote

Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday blamed the election commission for last month's annulled presidential vote, rebuking officials for bungling the transmission of results and basing ...

Madrid has imposed 'de facto' state of emergency in Catalonia: regional leader

Catalonia's leader accused Madrid on Wednesday of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region, with a series of measures to prevent ...

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Some 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes Friday after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane ...

Iran defends nuclear deal, warns Trump to respect it

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani insisted Wednesday his country has complied with the nuclear accord it signed with six world powers, and warned "rogue newcomer" Donald ...

US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa

US-backed fighters said Wednesday they were in the "final stages" of capturing Raqa from the Islamic State group as waves of air strikes pounded the ...

Catalan govt admits referendum blow but vows to press on

Catalonia's executive admitted Thursday that plans for an outlawed independence referendum had been dealt a major blow by a police crackdown, but vowed to press ...

Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain

Bangladesh's army was ordered Wednesday to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it ...

Spanish police detain Catalan official in referendum row

Spain's Guardia Civil police arrested a top Catalan government official on Wednesday as part of raids on several Catalan government offices, sparking protests in Barcelona. ...

Spike in asylum seekers illegally entering Canada

The number of asylum seekers illegally entering Canada from the United States increased by more than six times in July and August compared to previous ...

Scramble for survivors as quake flattens Mexico City buildings

When the earthquake hit, it sent panicked people running into the street but many weren't so lucky. The dust settled minutes later to reveal a ...

Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

"We have been attacked. We are at war," says Morgan Freeman. He adds: "This is no movie script." In a video that shot across social ...

Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Mexico waited anxiously Thursday for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital, as rescuers continued clawing through rubble for survivors of a ...

Football: James hits first Bundesliga goal as Bayern go top

James Rodriguez scored his first Bundesliga goal on Tuesday to help Bayern Munich top the table for the first time this season following a 3-0 ...

France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to ...

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

A bellicose President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to warn "Rocket Man" Kim Jong-Un that he will ...

Trump issues stark threats to North Korea and Iran at UN

President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the United States is ready to "totally destroy" North Korea and vowed to confront Iran's "murderous regime" over its ...

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, just hours after Aung San Suu Kyi failed to ...

World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of ...

'The man who saved the world' dies in Russia

Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer who is widely credited with helping prevent a nuclear war with the United States, has died aged 77, his ...

Neuer out until January after foot operation

Bayern Munich predict their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January after he underwent another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing ...

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

UN human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed "full and unfettered" access to Myanmar to investigate a grave and ongoing crisis, but the government ...

'Pakistan Girl' takes aim at corrupt cops and domestic abuse

Pakistan's newest female superhero has vowed to battle venal officials and protect battered women, as her creator tries to inspire the next generation to fight ...

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to Al-Qaeda?

A photo montage published by Al-Qaeda to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the ...

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi faced mounting criticism Tuesday over what some world leaders are now calling the "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, despite her ...

Trump UN speech to slap 'rogue regimes', embrace nationalist tone

US President Donald Trump will take aim at Iran and North Korea and strike a stridently nationalistic tone in his maiden address to the UN ...

All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is poised Tuesday to break her near-silence on communal violence scorching through Rakhine state, in a televised speech on ...

France leads push to urge Trump to save Iran deal

France stepped up global efforts to convince US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal Monday, suggesting a way could be found ...

Spain seizes more Catalan referendum posters, summons mayors

Spanish police on Monday seized more than 100,000 posters promoting a planned independence referendum in Catalonia, while prosecutors summoned mayors who have agreed to help ...

Trump touts peace hopes at Netanyahu meeting

US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday as he met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study

Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction -- but for very different reasons, each with ...

France hopeful of persuading Trump to stay in climate accord

A hopeful France set out at the United Nations Monday to persuade the United States to stay in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump's ...

'Vicious' sanctions will only speed up nuclear programme: NKorea

North Korea bitterly denounced new sanctions on its economy as "vicious, unethical and inhumane" and warned the measures would only accelerate progress on its nuclear ...

'Waltz with Bashir' team takes on Anne Frank story in graphic novel

A graphic novel version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by the creators of the Oscar-nominated film "Waltz with Bashir" will roll off the presses ...

Trump says 'bureaucracy' holding UN back

US President Donald Trump on Monday warned that "bureaucracy" is holding the United Nations back, delivering a barbed first message to the world body he ...

Hurricane Maria intensifies to Category Two storm

Hurricane Maria strengthened to a Category Two storm Monday with winds of 110 miles (175 kilometers) per hour as it menaced Caribbean islands already hard-hit ...

Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Iraq's supreme court Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on ...

Iraq supreme court orders suspension of Kurdistan referendum

Iraq's supreme court on Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll ...

Around the world in 79 days: British cyclist smashes record

A British cyclist set a new world record Monday by travelling around the globe in 79 days -- beating the fictional exploits of Phileas Fogg ...

'Potentially catastrophic' Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria closed in on the US Virgin Islands Wednesday as the US National Hurricane Center warned of a "potentially catastrophic" impact from a storm ...

'Strong' Philippine priest smiles after IS hostage ordeal ends

A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself ...

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Pressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country's military, which is accused of driving out ...

Fun's over: China's shared sex dolls snuffed out

China's rentable sex dolls have been yanked off the market and the firm responsible for them has apologised, just days after the "shared girlfriends" began ...

Trump to push UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

US President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations on Monday, with an address on UN reform as a week of intense diplomacy ...

Giant sea snail plan to rescue Great Barrier Reef

A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of ...

Giant sea snail plan to rescue Great Barrier Reef

A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of ...

Protests over St Louis police shooting turn violent for third day

Protesters hurled debris at police in St Louis, Missouri Sunday and smashed store windows as demonstrations over the acquittal of a former police officer in ...

Hurricane Maria following Irma's Caribbean path

Maria became a hurricane as it barreled toward the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 75 mile (120 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center ...

Armani lightens up London Fashion Week

Italian labels Versus Versace and Emporio Armani brought the darkness and light to London Fashion Week on Sunday, burnishing the city's reputation as a fashion ...

US may close Cuba embassy after 'attacks' on diplomats

The United States may again close its embassy in Cuba, which reopened two years ago after a half-century stand-off, following a series of mystery "health ...

Not clowning around, 'It' again dominates box office

Record-setting horror film "It" continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for nearly three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films ...

Politics center stage as 'Handmaid's Tale' sweeps Emmys

Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America. The ...

Politics center stage as 'Handmaid's Tale' sweeps Emmys

Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America. The ...

US warns N.Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue

Donald Trump's administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang ...

Serbia's lesbian PM at Pride takes tolerance 'one step at a time'

Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual ...

Kuwait gives North Korea envoy a month to leave: diplomat

US ally Kuwait has given North Korea's ambassador a month to leave the Gulf state and will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Pyongyang, a senior ...

Man dies in 'Buried Alive' haunted house attraction

A man has died in a haunted house attraction called "Buried Alive", as Hong Kong's largest amusement park prepared to kick off its annual Halloween ...

Four killed in market explosion in Afghanistan: officials

Four people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a mobile phone market in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. "The blast ...

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